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Old 05-02-2010, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Anchored in Phoenix
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I've been outside of Phoenix (my residence) for seven out of the last ten years for work. I'm used to it. I don't own much. The last ten years a lot of grasshoppers in Phoenix have been fiddling, HELOCing, and so on. But in my investments I zigged when the others zagged. I ate pasta when others ate steak. I think there will be a double dip recession and the best way for software / network engineers to handle it is to work where the money is. Take the emotion out of the equation. Your own survival is important. If you don't bring home a paycheck you are spending and not saving.

My druthers, I'd be living in an ocean view place. But my priority is money. I am in my 50s. And believe it or not, I think I can be healthy enough to be on the road like I am now for another 20 years if I follow my same fitness and nutrition lifestyle. I would like to work in one place after that - probably have a winter house in Phoenix and summer house in the dry part of Washington state.

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Old 05-02-2010, 01:19 PM
 
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It amazes me how so many talk about making 50K per year like they are going out to pick up a loaf of bread or something. I know that is not a lot in DC, NY, SF, SJ, or others, but that IS a lot here. Many of these folks don't have a degree. Realistically, they will be bringing home more like 50 Dollars per day.

I became Novell Certified in 1994; there were lots of false expectations then, too, and we were well ahead of the curve. More and more, computers are fixed remotely, and require less manpower. You will make more as a union janitor, than you will as a PC Tech in Arizona. Tucson Unified School District is just one example.

Blister', is spot on about the recruiters too. Chasing after a short sale, would be a better use of time.
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Old 05-03-2010, 12:23 PM
 
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It amazes me how so many talk about making 50K per year like they are going out to pick up a loaf of bread or something. I know that is not a lot in DC, NY, SF, SJ, or others, but that IS a lot here.
I disagree. Maybe if you are single, that's a lot.... it's not much supporting a spouse and kids.
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Old 05-03-2010, 01:02 PM
 
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It's a lot relative to what jobs in Phoenix pay. That's 25 per hour on an hourly basis.
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